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The author of the suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) debut The Winter Sister returns with a darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the ...more
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Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Atria Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Switzerland, federated country of central Europe, boasts some of the worlds most famous inventions such as cellophane, Swiss Army Knife, absinthe (hell Yeah), edible chocolate gold(Fancy!), LSD (Okay! Hold on there), potato peeler etc. Okay, Im gonna stop my blubbering right now! You got the point! When I start to review a three starred book made me think: I didnt enjoy it but I dont have any hurt feelings, I called them Switzerland books and unfortunately this promising, exciting and ...more
Carolyn
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced digital version of this gripping psychological thriller in return for an honest review. I found its mood to be oppressive, claustrophobic, and disturbing, but in a good way as I couldnt put the book down. I was riveted to the pages. It was a 4.5 Star read for me.

I thought the protagonist, Ferm to be a woman living in a fragile emotional state of all-encompassing fear and heightened anxiety. How she got into this state was
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Denise Reed
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a big fan of Collins's debut book, The Winter Sister, so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of Behind the Red Door. The few blurbs I read about Behind the Red Door stated that it was "dark and disturbing." Nine times out of ten, when a book is touted as dark and disturbing, I don't find it to be either one, but this is the one out of ten - it is absolutely both extremely dark and extremely disturbing.

The book centers around the story of Fern Douglas, a more-than-slightly-neurotic
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Christina McDonald
Spellbinding, poignant and atmospheric, Behind The Red Door is one of those rare stories you can get utterly lost in. With writing so richly evocative I could vividly imagine every detail, this is a mesmerizing tale in which family bonds are broken, lifelong secrets are exposed, and a woman who suffers a debilitating anxiety disorder must find the truth about her connection to a decades-old kidnapping.

Intensely moving, beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable, I cant recommend this highly
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Ludwig
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It makes me certain - with a level of conviction I cant explain - that I know her.

Behind The Red Door is a beautifully-written thriller about a woman who believes she has a connection to a 20-year-old abduction case. The victim was brought back, wrote a memoir years later and has now vanished, again.

The story is well-paced as it succeeds to keep the reader invested with the deliciously addictive book-within-a-book aspect. Were offered chapters off the missing womans memoir titled Behind The Red
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Mindy Mejia
Behind The Red Door isnt just a gripping, finely-tuned thriller, its a masterful meditation on fear. Dark forests, crumbling cabins, and mutating nightmares all populate this New England landscape where one woman may hold the key to saving a kidnapping victim. But in order to do so, shell have to confront a lifetime of terror, including the ultimate fear: not knowing who can be trusted or where the monsters live. I was hooked from the first page. ...more
Jamie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with this book which was disappointing because I loved Collins The Winter Sister! I just didnt connect to the story or characters! Maybe Ill go back to reread it in the future.

Thanks to Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy.
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Andrea Bartz
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this twisty thriller! Taut, provocative, disturbingMegan Collins' sophomore novel is more than a thriller; it's a dark and deeply compelling examination of the knife's edge between trust and fear. With muscular prose and richly wrought characters, BEHIND THE BEDROOM DOOR grabbed me, startled me, and didn't let go until I'd torn through every chilling word. ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
"You're my daughter. It was my right!"
-- Ted, the father during this whole book.

Behind the Red Door was a weird book. Yes, there were lots of twists and suspense, but also the main character was so damn whiny and immature I disliked reading about her.
Everything started to become so damn obvious about 45% through and I finished the book just to prove I was right.🤷♀

This is a story about child abuse. Not hitting, or bruising abuse, but psychological. There's also some fucked up religious shit about
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Hannah Orenstein
Megan Collins has outdone herself! BEHIND THE RED DOOR is a darkly atmospheric thriller that had me racing to figure out the truth about Fern and Astrid and kept my heart pounding long after I finished the final page. I loved the eerie dynamic between Fern and her father, the lush descriptions of small-town New England, and the lyrical prose. This is a must-read!
Daniela Petrova
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Atmospheric and haunting, Behind the Red Door is at once a chilling tale of complicated family dynamics and a riveting mystery. Elegant prose, intriguing characters and taut pacing make this book unputdownable. I read it on a charter flight in Africa and was so engrossed in it that I barely noticed the turbulence.
Kathleen
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Megan Collins is a beautiful writer, and she does unsettling family dynamics better than almost anyone. BEHIND THE RED DOOR is the kind of chilling, compulsively readable novel you'll devour in a nightbut also the kind that will leave you thinking about its characters long after you've closed the book. ...more
Court
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEHIND THE RED DOOR REVIEW!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Ferns husband is sure its because of Astrids famous kidnappingand equally famous returntwenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. When Astrid appears in Ferns recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that its
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Maureen Connolly
Megan Collinss second novel, BEHIND THE RED DOOR, is a deep dive into our collective psyche and believe me, you will be gasping for air. From the very opening, Collins places us, along with protagonist Fern, on unstable ground with an earthquake rumbling in the distance. Atmospheric and urgent, Collins exquisite writing stirs primal fears infused with betrayal and dramatic twists, which lead to a thrilling conclusion. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for an advance review copy of Behind the Red ...more
Cara
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dark, psychological thriller with very descriptive writing and decent compelling character development. You do really feel for and connect with the main character but I was left wanting when it came to some of the more important side characters.
I did correctly guess the twists but the way this book is written, with all the different turns, I kept almost second-guessing myself.
It's suspenseful and captivating and I'd recommend it to both thriller fans and those just dipping their toes
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Bekki
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Megan Collins, Atria Books, and Net Galley for the ARC of this novel! This is a first read for me from this author, and I will be finding more of her books!

This was a dark, twisty, thriller that kept me guessing, and second guessing, and guessing again! LOL! I loved it!

When Fern Douglas first sees the news about missing Astrid Sullivan, she knows in her gut that she knows her. This starts a spiral down many different memories, and just when you think you know where it's going to turn,
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Sacha
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.
Erin Clemence
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: August 4, 2020

Astrid Sullivan was made famous when she disappeared at fourteen years old, only to be returned unharmed weeks later. Now, twenty years later, Astrid has gone missing again. Has the kidnapper come back? Fern Douglas recognizes Astrid immediately. Her husband explains it by saying that Astrid grew up nearby Fern, and the case
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Cari
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reader, this book packs a punch. Be ready for it. This is the story of Fern Douglas, a high school social worker in Boston. She's got a great relationship with her husband Eric, and she's gotten far away from her distant parents - her past is in the past. But when Fern sees a woman on the news - a woman she recognizes - she starts to feel uneasy. That woman is Astrid Sullivan, who disappeared in a famous kidnapping many years ago and is now missing again. Fern has a feeling that she knows Astrid ...more
Audrey Orenstein

Behind the Red Door is the perfect thriller with which to curl up; especially, if you like to read mysteries that keeps you thinking - who dun it? While some reviewers do not like that Fern is too anxious, skittish and agitated - making it difficult to like her - you get get to see that Fern survived severe psychological trauma at the hands of her parents.

From the very beginning, a reader will immediately pick up who must have kidnapped Astrid, but hints dropped throughout the book, like
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Maretta Krista
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this from netgalley so thanks! But I have to say Im super disappointed. This book was painful to get through and I am so surprised it has as many stars as it does. It was slow and not in a fun mystery kind of way, it had a who done it component but the ending was a let down and I dont feel like any of the characters were redeeming in any way. I do not recommend. ...more
Megan
Just like her debut novel (The Winter Sister), the second novel by Megan Collins is dark, tense, and atmospheric from start to finish. Family dynamics are at the heart of the novel and it's clear early on that the main character's (Fern Douglas) father will never be in the running for father of the year. Fern returns home to help her father get ready to move from New Hampshire to Florida around the same time the news is reporting that a woman named Astrid Sullivan has gone missing for a second ...more
Judy Collins
Review coming! Look for my upcoming Elevator Ride with the Author Coming August 2020! Get this gem on your reading list now!!!
Marla Bradeen
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, first-reads
BEHIND THE RED DOOR is an enjoyable, fast-paced read. The story is somewhat predictable, but Collins writes so well you can't help but be drawn into it. The heroine's feelings are very easy to imagine, and the setting was perfect. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected proof of this book.
Caroline Craig David
I definitely enjoyed this book but found it to be a bit predictable. There were some twists that were wonderful and the book is one I would recommend.
Amanda (THE CAFFEINATED READER)
This book had everything. Suspense, feels, thrills. Will post a more lengthy review closer to pub date. Loved it though. Thank you so much to netgalley , Simon & schuster and Atria for this copy to review!
Debbie Littley
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly dark, disturbing, atmospheric psychological thriller that draws on the human psyche and how damaging fear can be to mental health.

Behind the Red Door is the story of protagonist Fern as she struggles to unlock her repressed memories to help find a missing woman.

20 years ago Astrid Sullivan was kidnapped, help prisoner in a basement by a masked assailant, then sensationally returned weeks later. Fern has no memory of this event even though she would have been old enough to remember it
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Jamie Trauth
Megan Collins is quickly becoming one of my favorite Suspense writers. Her writing is thoroughly dramatic and filled with unexpected twists.

We begin this novel with Fern Douglas, a woman with a history of nightmares, a social worker, who has witnessed horrible situations that have left her resentful and pained. Her husband Longs for a child and her fear to share this with him is connected to her deep seeded pain that shes hiding deep inside her psyche. Que the drama..... enters Astrid Sullivan.
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Johnette
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book keeps you reading past your bedtime. It lets you draw some conclusions, then twists and turns, till you dont know what to think. Written so you feel the dilemmas and the emotions that Fern, the main character is going through. Definitely two thumbs up! ...more
Dakota
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher.

let me start this review by saying i dont dabble in thrillers very often. i like the idea of them and the content, but im always very nervous to pick them up because i find that all the crime shows ive watched make it super easy to solve the case, so to speak.

i knew the plot twist from the beginning, but that does not mean it wasnt good. it was an amazing book, very well laid out and written. Fern trying to solve this case is
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Megan Collins is the author of BEHIND THE RED DOOR and THE WINTER SISTER. She has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry ...more

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